Machico is set in a graceful crescent-shaped bay, surrounded by green terraced slopes. Enjoy a few days of relaxed sightseeing in Machico’s idyllic setting and explore the pleasant seafront promenade that borders a town of narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses.
According to local legend, Machico was discovered in the 14th century by a pair of lovers who eloped from their home in Bristol. The couple were shipwrecked in the Bay of Machico after their ship was thrown off course during a storm. Both lovers died, but the ship’s crew managed to escape on a raft and brought news of the island to Portugal. The explorer João Gonçalves Zarco then claimed Madeira in 1420.
Be sure to see the Capela dos Milagres (Chapel of the Miracles). The original church, supposedly founded on the site of the lovers’ graves in the 15th century, was destroyed in a flood. The current structure, built in 1815, features a lovely rose window within its façade and a nave decorated with frescoes.
Take a look at the beautiful blue-and-white tiling found inside the Capela de São Roque. This small chapel was built in the 16th century to honor St. Roch, who is said to have saved the people of Machico from a plague.
Go for a swim at Praia de Machico, one of Madeira’s most popular beaches. Arrange a diving excursion to the nearby marine reserve or just relax in the warm sands. Go for a walk down the lively promenade and stop for a drink at a beachfront bar.
Don’t miss Miradouro Francisco Alvares Nobrega, a belvedere with panoramic views over Machico Valley and Ponta de São Lourenço. Enjoy more scenic vistas at Pico do Facho, another well-known viewpoint named for the beacon (facho), which was once lit here to warn the city of approaching pirates.
Machico is located in the eastern part of Madeira. It’s easily accessed by bus from Funchal, which is located 19 miles (30 kilometers) away.
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Enjoy a rewarding hike, cool off with a swim and admire arresting views at Madeira’s easternmost point.
Enjoy an outing to Ponta de Sao Lourenco during your stay in Machico. Wander the seaside in this quaint area.
One of Madeira’s most famous attractions is known for its scenic views and fascinating display of colorful flowers.
More than just a striking floral display, this beautiful garden is also home to an impressive collection of art.
Go for a stroll in these charming gardens, known for their rare and unique design, to see indigenous plants mingled with exotic species.
The beach fronting Santa Cruz features sheltered ocean swimming, relaxing seawater pools, a fun-filled water park and magnificent views of the Desertas Islands.
Discover Madeira's west coast and explore its traditional fishing villages, sunny fields, and one of the highest seaside cliffs in Europe. Indulge in a traditional lunch as you soak up the surrounding landscapes. Câmara de Lobos—a traditional fishing village—is your first stop.
Explore the magic and natural beauty of Madeira on foot. This challenging hike takes you to the island's highest point, Pico Ruivo. Standing here affords incredible panoramic views of the entire island.
Waterfalls, lakes, and tunnels offer the perfect walking trail along the Rabacal Valley. Admire the paradise landscape surrounding you as you follow your expert guide through the impressive levadas (aqueducts).
A pleasant hike along Levada do Castelejo offers you a stunning perspective of Madeira's north coast. Admire the views of sleepy villages and ghost towns set against impressive cliffs, and discover the rare flora and fauna that thrive on the island.
Take part in this is a fascinating full-day journey, through rich agricultural land and crops from the city of Machico, complemented with superb views over São Lourenço Península, Porto Santo Island and the northeastern coast.
Deep down in Machico's Valley, well known as the Mimosa Valley, you will walk along the maintenance path of Levada dos Maroços. The beautiful landscape of this route is mainly composed of agricultural land and crops carefully worked, complemented with views over the city of Machico.